Hoppin’ John is such a beautiful creation. It is filled with simple ingredients that make for a hearty and heart warming meal or side dish and is traditionally eaten on New Years to bring good luck.

Hoppin’ John Recipe

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Preparation: 10 mins
Cooking: 50 mins
Total: 1 hr
Serves: 6 people


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 celery stalk finely diced
  • 1 yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ham hock
  • ½ lb dried black-eyed peas about 2 cups
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • kosher salt
  • 2 cup long grain rice
  • scallions for garnish


  1. In a medium pot, set the ham hock with enough water to cover the top of the hock.

  2. Bring the pot to a simmer over medium-high heat.

  3. Once tender and the meat is pulling away from the bone, remove the ham from the pot and pick through the fat.

  4. Remove the bones and any other undesirable pieces. Set aside the good pieces of meat.

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